• Salem flushing hydrants

    by  • April 4, 2013

    The City of Salem Department of Public Works has announced they will begin flushing fire hydrants on the north end of town on Monday, April 15, 2013 and will continue south until all hydrants have been exercised.  The entire process is expected to take approximately two weeks. Water may be discolored for a few...

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    Mt. Vernon man sentenced in sex case

    by  • April 4, 2013

    Trenton O. Turner was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to 6-months in jail and 48 months probation on a conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a family member, a Class 2 felony that had been reduced from criminal sexual assault of a family member, a Class 1 felony. The 25-year-old Mt.Vernon resident...

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    Kirk says N. Korea threats should be taken seriously

    by  • April 4, 2013

    Threats of military assault from North Korea shouldn’t be taken lightly, and could be a cover for another rogue country, says U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.). Kirk says North Korea’s talk of restarting a nuclear reactor should be of concern because it would mean a steady supply of plutonium to North Korean dictators....

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    Hastert says GOP lacks leadership

    by  • April 4, 2013

    A former U.S. House speaker is giving his input on the current state of the Republican Party. Former Illinois Congressman Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was in Springfield today (Wednesday), and commented that the party these days is suffering from a lack of leadership. “We’re kind of...

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    March saw record setting cold

    by  • April 4, 2013

    Illinois officials say March was firmly rooted in winter after last March’s record-setting warmth. The Illinois water survey said today that the average statewide temperature last month was 34.1 degrees. The weather-tracking agency says that’s seven degrees below the long-term average and more than 21 degrees colder than the record-setting figure a year ago....

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • April 4, 2013

        April 5th, 2013 Warrant Arrest Clint Taylor, 18, of Centralia was arrested Friday night on the corner of Kell and Locust for an outstanding Marion County warrant. He was taken into custody by Centralia police and brought to the Marion County Jail  where bond was set and 10% of $10,000 and was...

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